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Old 09-09-2004, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Best video card for under $100? $150?

What would you guys recommend as a good video card for under $100? how about under 150?

i have a celeron 2.0 with 512 mb of ram running windows xp. i just want to be able to run nfs:u because right now its choppy as hell with the lowest settings and hopefully doom3. i dont play too many games so i dont need anything uber expensive. thanks for the help.
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Old 09-09-2004, 01:39 PM   #2
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celerons and 3D games don't mix
Ever since the days of Celeron 233/266/300A, the 3D games demand way more juices than the modern Celerons can give... I think your best bet no matter what video card you're running, is to get a cheap motherboard + CPU combo and save up a bit for either an ATI or nVidia chip budget card, best you can afford. Doom3 kills even my boss' new P4 2.8GHz 512mb DDR and a $100 ATI budget card.
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Old 09-09-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
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http://www.slickdeals.net/ has the Radeon 9800 pro 128mb for $179 shipped...
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A new Celeron (which I think you have) is basically a P4 with less on-die cache... so with the right system built around the Celeron, you should be fine with 3d gaming. I'd reccommend an ATI 9600 for the price point you're talking about. If you can get one with 256MB ram, that would help, but 128MB will work fine, too.
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A new Celeron (which I think you have) is basically a P4 with less on-die cache... so with the right system built around the Celeron, you should be fine with 3d gaming.
Absolutely. All of the Celerons since the Tualatin ones came out have been very capable.

And to balance out Asinine's recommendation, the Geforce FX 5900XT's should be down to about $150 by now. I paid just under 200 for mine four months ago. Check newegg.

Also, if you decide a 100 bucks is a more realistic budget, see if you can find a high quality GF4 4200 somewhere (something like one of Gainward's Golden Samples). Highly OC'able and (I'd assume) way under a 100 bucks by now.
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whats the difference between the ati 9600xt and 9600 se?
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XT = eXTra good
SE = Sucks at Everything

XT has higher mem and core clocks.
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Check newegg.
Even better: go to http://newegg.com/app/manufact.asp?catalog=48&DEPA=1 and enter your min/max budget. It shows 93 cards in that range.

And two sample benchmarks with which to compare all those cards (to eachother, not to the system used for the benchmarks):


More here: http://graphics.tomshardware.com/gra...229/index.html

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